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Bill Barrett, US congressman from NebraskaKarl Dietrich Bracher, German WWII veteran and historianBobby Breen, Depression-era child actor and singerJoe Browder, TV reporter turned environmentalistWalter Bush, hockey Hall of FamerRichard P. Cooley, former CEO of Wells FargoJohn Craighead, conservationist who studied grizzly bearsEdward Michael ('Tiger Mike') Davis, 'world's grumpiest boss'Richie Dunn, NHL defensemanStanley ('Buckwheat') Dural Jr., Louisiana zydeco musicianGary Esolen, founding editor and publisher of New Orleans weekly alternative newspaperThaddeus Farrow, adopted son of actress Mia FarrowJack Garman, NASA engineerRev. Peter Gerety, world's oldest Roman Catholic bishopCurtis Hanson, screenwriter and director of 'LA Confidential'Joseph Harmatz, Holocaust survivor who led postwar plots for revenge against NazisJohn D. Loudermilk, singer and songwriterMax Mannheimer, Holocaust survivorSean McMullin, suburban St. Louis firefighterBill Nunn, character actor in Spike Lee moviesRose Pak, San Francisco community activistKatie Prager, died of cystic fibrosis five days after husband's deathVictor Scheinman, engineer who built first successful industrial robotAllister Sparks, South African journalistEd Temple, women's track coach at Tennessee State who coached 1960 Olympian Wilma RudolphRichard D. Trentlage, composer of 'Oscar Mayer Wiener Song'Dr. J. Thomas Ungerleider, among first medical researchers to study benefits of marijuana

Business and Science

Richard P. Cooley (92) former chief executive of Wells Fargo and a ubiquitous name in banking for decades in the Pacific Northwest. Cooley worked his way up the corporate ranks at Wells Fargo, helping to turn what once was a relatively small San Francisco-area lender into a major regional bank. He joined Wells Fargo in 1949; in 1966 he became president and CEO and in ‘78 was named chairman and CEO. The bank’s loan portfolio and profits rose steadily during his tenure as the bank expanded its reach to become a force in banking throughout California and other Western states. In late 1982 Cooley resigned from Wells Fargo with little notice; just days later, Seafirst Corp., a smaller regional lender based in Seattle, announced it had hired Cooley as chairman, CEO, and president. He retired in 1990 and died in Seattle, Washington on September 21, 2016.

John Craighead (100) conservationist linked to America's wild rivers and a study of grizzly bears. Upon arriving at the University of Montana in 1958, Craighead founded the Craighead Wildlife-Wildlands Institute and helped to establish the university's wildlife biology program over the next 25 years. John and his twin brother Frank began their work in wildlife research in Wyoming and Montana in the ‘40s and wrote much of the text for the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act passed in 1968. They also conducted a 12-year study of grizzly bears in Yellowstone Park that is credited with helping to save the bears from extinction. Frank Craighead died in 2001. John Craighead died in his sleep in Missoula, Montana on September 18, 2016.

Edward Michael ('Tiger Mike') Davis (85) former chauffeur who became a Houston oil and gas magnate but won even more notoriety as the author of widely circulated office memos that earned him the unofficial title of the “world’s grumpiest boss.” As a manager, Davis appeared to be concerned about the dress code (“On days you have to work, and you think you should be off, you wear slouchy dress attire,” he complained), idle conversation (“DO YOUR JOBS AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!” he once wrote, in all capital letters), and office furniture (“I am paying you to work—not slouch in your chair with your feet up on a desk or table”). He died of prostate cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 18, 2016.

Jack Garman (72) former NASA engineer who in 1969 saved the moon landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module by making a split-second decision to ignore a false warning alarm. In 1970 Garman was a member of the team that was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for bringing the Apollo 13 moon mission home safely, aborted after an onboard explosion. He died of bone marrow cancer in Friendswood, Texas, outside Houston, nine days after his 72nd birthday, on September 20, 2016.

Victor Scheinman (73) engineer who built the first successful electrically powered, computer-controlled industrial robot. Scheinman was part of Stanford University's mechanical engineering department when, in 1969, he developed a programmable six-jointed robot named the Stanford Arm. It was adapted by manufacturers to become the leading robot in assembling and spot-welding products, ranging from fuel pumps and windshield wipers for automobiles to inkjet cartridges for printers. Its ability to perform repetitive functions continuously equaled or surpassed that of human workers. Scheinman died of a heart attack in Petrolia, California on September 20, 2016.

Richard D. Trentlage (87) songwriter and musician who wrote jingles and slogans while working for advertising agencies in Chicago, including the unforgettable “The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song.” The song debuted in 1963 and became a signature tune for the company’s advertising in 21 English-speaking countries that endured until 2010, when it was retired. It became part of the fabric of American culture, with airings on the children’s TV show Captain Kangaroo, on the cartoon show The Jetsons, and on an episode of The Simpsons in the ‘90s. Trentlage died of congestive heart failure in Libertyville, Illinois on September 21, 2016.

Dr. J. Thomas Ungerleider (85) UCLA psychiatrist among the first researchers to prove the medical benefits of marijuana. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Ungerleider ran clinical trials that demonstrated marijuana’s therapeutic effects for patients with glaucoma and chemotherapy. He also served on President Richard Nixon’s National Commission on Marijuana & Drug Abuse, which recommended decriminalizing pot, and became an early champion of treating drug addiction as a public health problem instead of a criminal one. Ungerleider died of Alzheimer's disease in Encino, California on September 19, 2016.


Karl Dietrich Bracher (94) World War II veteran of the German army who argued as a historian in The German Dictatorship (1970) that the German people had to take responsibility for the rise of Nazism because of their embrace of Hitler and his racist agenda. A professor of politics and contemporary history at the University of Bonn from 1959–87, Bracher explored the devolution of the Weimar Republic from a fragile parliamentary democracy after World War I into a National Socialist dictatorship, which he called unique among totalitarian regimes in its epitomizing of Adolf Hitler’s fundamentally anti-Semitic philosophy. He died in Bonn, Germany on September 19, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Bobby Breen (87) former Canadian-born child actor and singer who became a movie star at age 8 when he appeared in Let's Sing Again (1936). In a run of seven more films over the next three years, Bobby melted maternal hearts and emerged as a major star, in the same league as Mickey Rooney, Jane Withers, and Freddie Bartholomew, earning $50,000 a year—a huge sum then—from testimonials alone. Most of his films followed a formula: separation, reunion, tears, and song. By 1939, when his voice changed, Breen's movie career was over. He later performed in nightclubs and theaters. He died in Pompano Beach, Florida on September 19, 2016.

Stanley ('Buckwheat') Dural Jr. (68) Louisiana musician and accordionist who introduced the zydeco music of southwest Louisiana to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco. Popularized in dance halls across the state's southwest, Dural took the music mainstream, playing at former President Bill Clinton's inauguration and at the 1996 Olympics closing ceremony in Atlanta. He died of lung cancer in Lafayette, Louisiana on September 24, 2016.

Gary Esolen (75) founding editor and publisher of Gambit, an alternative weekly newspaper in New Orleans. Esolen came to New Orleans in 1978 from upstate New York and found work as a writer and editor at Figaro, a now-defunct weekly newspaper. Esolen and journalist Philip Carter formed Gambit in 1980, and when Figaro ceased publication in ‘81, Gambit stepped into the void. The paper's first issue ran in February 1981. Esolen helped to set in place the nuts and bolts of the paper's operation, from production schedules to sales operations and its journalistic product before leaving in 1987. He died in Metairie, Louisiana on September 19, 2016.

Thaddeus Farrow (27) actress Mia Farrow's adopted son. Thaddeus Farrow lived in Torrington, Conn., about a 24-mile drive from where he was found on a road. Public records show he lived on his mother's property until a few years ago. The actress adopted Thaddeus, who contracted polio in an orphanage in Kolkata, India and was paralyzed from the waist down. He was found in his car in Roxbury, Connecticut with a life-threatening injury and was pronounced dead at a hospital, on September 21, 2016.

Curtis Hanson (71) screenwriter who won an Oscar for LA Confidential and directed the psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Eminem's tale of Detroit hip-hop, 8 Mile. LA Confidential introduced actor Russell Crowe to American audiences and was a career high point for many of those involved, including actress Kim Basinger, who also won an Oscar. Hanson most recently directed the 2011 HBO movie on the financial crisis, Too Big to Fail, and the 2012 Gerard Butler surfing movie Chasing Mavericks. Paramedics declared him dead at his Hollywood Hills, California home on September 20, 2016.

John D. Loudermilk (82) singer and songwriter who wrote pop and country songs such as “Tobacco Road” and “Indian Reservation.” Loudermilk began his career as a writer and singer when a poem he wrote, “A Rose & a Baby Ruth,” was recorded by singer George Hamilton IV in 1956. Loudermilk moved to Nashville and became a popular songwriter in the ‘60s and '70s. The British invasion group The Nashville Teens recorded “Tobacco Road” in 1964. Loudermilk also wrote “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” and ''Break My Mind” and cowrote “Waterloo” and “Abilene.” He died in Christiana, Tennessee on September 21, 2016.

Bill Nunn (63) veteran character actor whose credits ranged from the Spider-Man movie franchise to such Spike Lee films as Do the Right Thing and He Got Game. Nunn broke through in movies in the late ‘80s, first in Lee’s School Daze, then in the Oscar-nominated Do the Right Thing as the ill-fated Radio Raheem, who dies when choked by police during a street brawl in Brooklyn. He died of cancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 24, 2016.

Allister Sparks (83) South African journalist and commentator who documented injustices under white minority rule and South Africa's evolution as a multiracial democracy. Sparks was editor of the now-defunct Rand Daily Mail in the late ‘70s when it exposed a clandestine plan by the apartheid government to use state resources for a propaganda campaign. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Prime Minister John Vorster. Sparks launched his sixth book—The Sword & the Pen—on March 10, his birthday. The book chronicles his 64 years of journalism, covering South Africa from the early years of apartheid. He died in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 19, 2016.

Politics and Military

Bill Barrett (87) longtime Nebraska politician known for seeking consensus and compromise while helping to shape the nation's farm policy during his 10 years in Congress. Barrett was outspoken on farm issues and helped to write the Freedom to Farm Act in 1996 that limited farm subsidies. He also tried to keep the federal government out of local water rights issues during his 10 years representing the western two-thirds of Nebraska in the state's 3rd Congressional District. The Conservative Republican served in the US House from 1991–2000—and visited each of his district's 66 counties annually to keep a campaign promise. Before his terms in Congress, Barrett spent 12 years in the Nebraska Legislature, his final four years as speaker. He died in Lexington, Nebraska on September 20, 2016.

Sean McMullin (46) suburban St. Louis firefighter who spent 14 years with the department. McMullin was found unresponsive while on duty at about 1 p.m. at a fire station for the West County Emergency Medical Services & Fire Protection District in Rock Hill, Missouri on September 24, 2016.

Rose Pak (68) community activist who turned San Francisco's Asian-American population into a political power in the city. A former reporter who covered Chinatown for the San Francisco Chronicle, Pak eventually became an advocate as she became immersed in issues concerning the neighborhood. As a longtime consultant to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, she helped to raise money for her preferred politicians, backed projects that benefit Chinatown's residents, and helped to make the neighborhood a strong player in the city's political world. In 2011 she started a campaign that led to Ed Lee becoming the city's first Chinese-American mayor. Pak died in San Francisco, California on September 18, 2016.

Society and Religion

Joe Browder (78) former TV reporter turned environmentalist who was instrumental in preserving Florida’s Everglades, vast areas nearby, and Biscayne Bay. An early conservation effort of Browder’s began in 1969, when as a Florida environmentalist he put together a coalition that succeeded in preventing the construction of a jetport in the Big Cypress Swamp, an ecological system of marshes, bogs, and hammocks just north and west of Everglades National Park. Browder died of liver cancer in Fairhaven, Maryland on September 18, 2016.

Rev. Peter Gerety (104) world's oldest Roman Catholic bishop. Gerety was archbishop of Newark, New Jersey from 1974 until he retired as archbishop emeritus in ’86. He was credited with restoring the diocese's finances. Gerety was born in Shelton, Connecticut and was ordained for service in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1939. He focused his energy on the city's black Catholic community, founding an interracial social and religious center and the New Haven chapter of the Urban League. He became bishop of Portland, Maine in 1969. He died in Totowa, New Jersey on September 20, 2016.

Joseph Harmatz (91) survivor of the Vilnius ghetto in Lithuania who at age 21 led a plot by a band of refugees to kill millions of Germans just after the war by poisoning their water supply. The plot, which targeted five major cities in retribution for the Holocaust, failed. So did the conspirators’ Plan B, which followed in mid-April 1946: to murder 12,000 captured SS officers—members of the very unit that enforced the Nazis’ reign of terror and ran the death camps—by lacing their bread rations with arsenic. But the second scheme was not a complete failure; the plotters sickened more than 2,200 German prisoners, inducing vomiting and other symptoms of cholera. Harmatz died in Tel Aviv, Israel on September 22, 2016.

Max Mannheimer (96) Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life in postwar Germany to fighting anti-Semitism. Mannheimer spent two years held captive in different death camps, including Auschwitz. Most of his family was murdered during the Holocaust. After the end of the Third Reich, Mannheimer dedicated his life to talking about the horrors he experienced. He also became head of the community of former prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp. He died in Munich, Germany on September 23, 2016.

Katie Prager (26) Kentucky woman afflicted by cystic fibrosis. Prager's husband, 25-year-old Dalton Prager, died on Sept. 17 at a St. Louis hospital of the same disease, which clogs the lungs with mucus and forces patients to struggle to breathe. The median survival age is about 40. The couple were married in 2011. Dalton moved back to suburban St. Louis after a 2014 lung transplant so his parents could care for him. The couple were last together for their fifth wedding anniversary in July, and until his death Dalton had hoped to see his wife one last time before she died. Katie received a lung transplant in 2015 but later developed lymphoma and died in hospice care in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, five days after her husband's death, on September 22, 2016.


Walter Bush (86) former USA Hockey president and primary founder of the Minnesota North Stars. The Minneapolis native was enshrined into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980, the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in ‘09. Awarded the Olympic Order in 2002, Bush managed the 1959 US national team and the ‘64 US Olympic team, serving on the US Olympic Committee in ’63. He was selected the National Hockey League's Executive of the Year in 1972 by the Hockey News and won the Lester Patrick Trophy in ‘73 for his contributions to the sport in the US. As USA Hockey president, Bush played a large role in the addition of women's hockey to the Olympics in 1998. He died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 22, 2016.

Richie Dunn (59) former National Hockey League defenseman. Dunn, who came from Boston, played 12 NHL seasons with Buffalo, Calgary, and Hartford. He had 36 goals and 140 assists in 483 career games from 1977–89. He broke into the NHL with the Sabres and eventually returned to Buffalo to spend his final four seasons. He retired after playing the 1989–90 season for the Sabres' minor-league affiliate in Rochester. He scored a career-best 49 points (seven goals, 42 assists) in 79 games with Buffalo in 1980–81. Dunn was voted the American Hockey League's top defensive player in 1984–85 while playing for Hartford's farm team in Binghamton and was a part of Rochester's Calder Cup-winning team in '87. He died in Akron, New York on September 20, 2016.

Ed Temple (89) former Tennessee State track and field coach whose Tigerbelles won 13 Olympic gold medals and helped to break down racial and gender barriers in the sport. Temple coached the women's track team at Tennessee State, formerly Tennessee A&I, from 1953–94. He was head coach of the US Olympics women's teams in 1960 and ‘64 and assistant coach in ’80. One of the athletes he coached at TSU, Wilma Rudolph (d. 1994), became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics, in Rome in 1960. Rudolph won the 100 and 200 meters and teamed with Martha Hudson, Lucinda Williams, and Barbara Jones to win the 400 relay. Temple was inducted into nine halls of fame, including the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012, where he was one of only four coaches to be inducted. He died two days after his 89th birthday, in Nashville, Tennessee on September 22, 2016.

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